When was Tony Pollard drafted in the NFL? Career stats of the emerging Cowboys star running back


Dallas Cowboys had their best ever offensive game in Week 8 and a large chuck of credit goes to Tony Pollard. Nearly everything that the Cowboys tried, worked in favor of them and there is no denying that they are going to enter their bye week feeling pretty good about things.

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Tony Pollard

Why is Tony Pollard being credited so much in a 49-29 win for Dallas Cowboys? The 25-year-old running back registered his career high rushing yards (131), set his career high in scrimmage yards with 147. Also, had three TouchDowns which made him take center stage on a football field filled with stars.

Cowboys gave Tony Pollard the chance only because Ezekiel Elliott was side-lined due to an injury. On the same note, let us look back the history of the former running back and did we all consider him during his early tenure and draft class.

When was Tony Pollard drafted into the league?

To bring everyone on the same page – this young sensation was a 2-star Rivals recruit who was a high school defensive back and wide receiver. Tony Pollard had only two offers: Memphis and Austin Peay, wherein he eventually chose the Tigers.

As Pollard approached the NFL draft, he was considered as a versatile player by many teams. However, this also meant that no team looked at him for a specific role. In simpler terms, at that time Tony was raw as a running back, unfamiliar with complex pass-protection schemes and more gifted as a receiver than as a pure, instinctive back. One of the major reasons why Elliott was handed a bigger contract than him.

Tony Pollard
Tony Pollard

In his rookie season in 2019, Pollard carried the ball 86 times for 455 yards, wherein he had couple of 100-yard games. Moreover, he had two TouchDowns as a rookie, and also caught 15 passes. To sum up his individual round of tenure with the Dallas Cowboys – the spoken off running back has never had more than 18 offensive touches in any NFL game. Lastly, Tony Pollard had 253 offensive touches in his 33 career contests.

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